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Costa Mesa police seized drugs and cash in motel

Published On: 11-17-2016 in Category: Addiction, Drugs, Heroin, substance abuse


Prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin used to manage pain have, now, become gateway drugs to heroin. Illegal drug trade across all American states has resulted in organized crime, which has compelled lawmakers to implement effective anti-organized crime policies.

In early October, this year, Costa Mesa police department, Orange County, arrested a man for on charges of carrying heroin, cocaine, steroid pills and about $5,000 in cash. At the time of arrest, the accused Daniel Cameron, 24, of Fountain Valley, was fleeing with the narcotic consignment and money. However, the other suspect who escaped could not be traced.

Cameron was initially taken into custody on the suspicion of possessing controlled substances for sale, unlawful possession of prescription medicines and attempting to avoid arrest, and later released on bail on payment of $25,000.

The seizure was the result of a raid by the police on the Sandpiper Motel on Newport Boulevard, which has gained notoriety for its crime-ridden track record in the city.

Drug menace in Orange County

Picturesque seaside cities in Orange County may offer a blissful lifestyle, but there are several affluent suburbs which are grappling with a severe heroin and prescription drug addiction crisis causing a spike in overdose-related fatalities in the county. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the spike in opioid abuse is claiming almost 78 lives daily in the United States.

As per the 2013 drug overdose data on every California county, gathered by a coalition of health insurance companies, law enforcement institutions, hospitals and public health organizations, Orange County has a worrisome rate of addiction-related deaths in the state, ranking 17th out of 58 counties. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), heroin is smuggled into the county from the Jalisco area in Mexico, and is sold on the streets of Orange County cities at about one-tenth the cost of illegal prescription drugs.

As a result, in March this year, President Barack Obama had proposed to allocate $11 million to increase nationwide access to naloxone, a fast-acting medicine to reverse the effects of overdose, and an additional $1.1 billion to fund treatment programs to combat prescription drug and heroin overdoses, at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

Treatment is the key to sobriety

It is sad that the number of people succumbing to drug overdoses in Orange County is rising steadily. According to preliminary coroner data, fatal drug overdoses soared to at least 400 in 2015, a 6 percent increase as compared to 2014, and a nearly 63 percent leap in comparison to the 2005 data, when overdose-related deaths were around 246.

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to heroin, prescription drugs, or any other intoxicant, seek treatment immediately. The Orange Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 657-232-4008 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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